OTTAWA, July 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Pharmacists Association
(CPhA) today reacted favourably to the health care-related
announcements made by the Council of the Federation (CoF) at the
conclusion of its annual summer meetings. The Council of the
Federation is the body comprised of Canada's 13 provincial and
territorial Premiers. In January 2012, the CoF created the Health Care
Innovation Working Group (HCIWG), Chaired by Premiers Wall (SK) and
Ghiz (PEI) tasked with developing a pan-Canadian approach to specific
health care reform topics.
In today's communiqué, the CoF made a number of announcements of
relevance to the pharmacy sector. Specifically, it stated:
Agreements have been reached with suppliers to lower the price of 10
brand name drugs, with another 17 expected. Together, these agreements
are expected to result in savings of $60-$70 million.
Premiers tasked the Health Care Innovation Working Group to "increase
the important role that paramedics and pharmacists (emphasis added) can play in the provision of front line services",
within a team-based model framework.
Premiers Wall and Ghiz will be stepping down as Co-Chairs of the HCIWG,
to be replaced by Premiers Wynne (Ontario), Redford (Alberta), and
Pasloski (Yukon). Premier Pasloski's involvement is key in that he is
Canada's first pharmacist premier.
"We are very pleased that premiers have committed to continuing to look
at ways in which pharmacists can play an even stronger role in the
delivery of health care to Canadians," stated Sherry Peister, President
of CPhA. "CPhA, its provincial associations, and other pharmacy
stakeholders look forward to continuing our joint work with provincial
and territorial governments in this regard. We are also happy to see
Premier Pasloski's leadership added to the Health Care Innovation
Working Group table ", she added.
"On the issue of brand name pricing, we would continue to strongly
advocate that savings realized from lower pharmaceutical prices should
be reinvested back into pharmacist-provided services, so that patients
are the primary beneficiaries of these savings", said Perry
Eisenschmid, Chief Executive Officer of CPhA. "Pharmacists are ready,
willing, and able to play a larger role in delivering accessible,
quality care to Canadians".
The Canadian Pharmacists Association was founded in 1907 and is the
national professional voluntary association providing leadership to
pharmacists in all areas of practice. Our members are active in
community and hospital pharmacies, in long-term care facilities, home
care, academia and industry.
SOURCE: Canadian Pharmacists Association
For further information:
Jeff Morrison, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs